A great statement, that! This has been my view all along. And I have been delighted to find its confirmation in the pronouncements of great poetic masters -- like Sri Aurobindo in the East, and Matthew Arnold, WB Yeats and TS Eliot in the West. Yes, it must be during irresistible moments of poetic inspiration that intuitive knowledge came to the sages. And in the genesis of religion must have lain the wellsprings of poetry. It's interesting in this context to think of what Eliot had to say about the composition of 'What the Thunder Said' which, he said, came to him in a moment of absolute spontaneity -- not a word was altered subsequently. Regards. ~ CR Vishvesh Obla <[log in to unmask]> wrote: I have always felt that it was the fundamental poetic spirit of mankind that created the religions than the vice-versa. Religions are, perhaps, only a commentary of the unquenchable poetic spirit of mankind : the commentary always having the possibility of subjective interpretation and distortion, but the spirit always remaining the same. --- cr mittal wrote: > Of Matthew Arnold, yes. And of WB Yeats as well who > said something to this effect in his essay "The > Body of > Autumn" (1898) -- of poetry taking the burden off > the > shoulders of priests. > > Well, poetry has many voices, many moods -- > an infinite variety! > > Thanks. > > ~ CR --------------------------------- Stay in the know. Pulse on the new Yahoo.com. Check it out.